Buck/Norton Debate Tonight: Is Buck the Front-Runner Now?

As Republican Senate hopefuls Ken Buck and Jane Norton prep for their first major debate tonight in Colorado Springs, the primary race looks a lot different than many (including us) would have expected six months ago. As KDVR reports, Buck is now being viewed as the candidate to beat on August 10:

Like grassroots-backed conservatives running in primaries in other states, Ken Buck has become the apparent front-runner in Colorado’s GOP Senate primary.

After a strong showing at the GOP state assembly in May, Buck now leads former Lieutenant Governor Jane Norton, according to a recent Denver Post poll. Norton, however, has countered with her own poll showing her ahead.

But, Buck, who continues to benefit from the outside support of a group called “Americans for Job Security” that’s already spent $1 million on TV ads running on his behalf, is the candidate everyone is going after. And conventional wisdom says — neither the mainstream media nor the opposing party spends a whole lot of time scrutinizing and, in the Democrats case, attacking the candidate who’s behind.

What say you, Polsters? Vote after the jump.

Is Ken Buck Now the Frontrunner in the GOP Senate Primary?

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  1. 6thCDwatcher says:

    Buck has gotten a pass as all the attention has been focused on Norton.  I imagine the $1 million anonymous ad buy at some point will attract some attention…who is backing an up until now little known DA to such an extent, and why?

    • RedGreen says:

      That’s no secret, 6thCD.

    • bjwilson83 says:

      Americans for Job Security, because they want a candidate who will create jobs for the middle class instead of shovel money to the wealthy.

      • DavidThi808 says:

        But turning off the spigot won’t solve the problem either. The solution isn’t to do nothing, it’s to do something effective.

      • harrydoby says:

        Try Google sometime, you’d be amazed at what you’d learn:

        AJS is a non-profit organization that claims to be a trade association, yet according to a 2004 Washington Monthly story, it does not list its members. While political committees and candidates by law must disclose their contributors, groups like AJS pretend that they are engaging in “issues advocacy”, educating the public.

        But a 2004 Texas Observer article (appropriate entitled “Meet the Attack Dogs”) called AJS what it really is: “one of the nation’s most vicious campaign hit teams, a secret outfit whose reach spreads all over the American political system. It specializes in attempted assassination of political careers under the guise of issue education….”

        Makes me proud to have the Insurance industry protecting the middle class against the abuses of the wealthy and powerful business execs.

  2. dwyer says:

    Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain…..

    boyles endorsement hasn’t meant a thing to Buck….absolutely nothing.  Don’t try and make him a king maker..

    • Colorado Pols says:

      If he made Whoppers for a living. We know you think Boyles and conservative talk radio is really huge, but Boyles didn’t make Buck successful.  

      • dwyer says:

        That is an honest question.  

        • Colorado Pols says:

          He ran a strong campaign, while Norton’s campaign has fallen apart. Frankly, it might have more to do with Norton’s self-destruction than anything.

          • DavidThi808 says:

            Is like short track ice skating – stay back and wait for the leaders to self-destruct.

          • dwyer says:

            However, part of that campaign, was frequent appearances on the boyles show..kissing the ring so to speak.  Maes is another one to benefit from boyles’s endorsement….

            It is not my intent to exaggerate boyles’ influence but to acknowledge it. ……I think it is foolish to dismiss him.  

            Boyles could only be a king maker

            If he made Whoppers for a living. We know you think Boyles and conservative talk radio is really huge, but Boyles didn’t make Buck successful.  

            You make these sweeping statements without any real backup.  It may make you feel good, I am not reassured. The only thing I can do is point out associations.  boyles has backed buck and maes (and mcinnis..very halfheartedly) and THEN they surged in the polls.  boyles vowed to get ritter and villafuerte and did.

  3. Ralphie says:

    Not only do the polls say so, but Josh Penry says so.  There would be no other reason for Joshie to break Reagan’s 11th Commandment if Buck wasn’t kicking his ass.

    • Libertad says:

      I haven’t been following that primary.

      On the other hand, I have been following Cory Gardner’s march to DC. Congressman Markey has not released her polling results, either the results are bad or she’s waiting on this next million dollar quarter to pay for the results.

      Its quite an odd situation up there in CD4 for the incumbent.

      • Gilpin Guy says:

        You sound downright in the dumps that Rory is your racehorse in CD 4.  Nothing says Republican incompetence like a nobody floundering around on the big stage vainly trying to say something really stupendous regarding Saint Ronnie and the glories of unregulated capitalism.

        Don’t get your dobber down too much over it big guy.  It all has a way of working out for the good.

        FYI: I’m waiting for Laughing Boy to come back and offer an intelligent conservative perspective on the situation.  You and bj are fun but he was one of those rare antagonists who made me laugh and think at the same time.  I sure hope you can get your mojo back and write crisper sentences with less trash talk.  Good luck treating your trash mouth.

      • dlof says:

        If it shows her up, then the Gardner folks must redouble their efforts.  Hurts Markey by giving Gardner a wake-up.

        If she’s down, then the story is going to be about how she’s losing.  Hurts Markey by making her look like a loser.

        If it’s a statistical tie, then it will confirm what everyone up here knows – that this is gonna go to the wire.  But folks at the Greeley Tribune, will spin this as weakness, since reporter Bill Jackson will print anything Weld Commissioner (and former Allard CoS) Sean Conway asks him to.  Given that a significant portion of this fight is going to be in Weld Co, I’d argue that close/tie is bad PR for Markey.

  4. DavidThi808 says:

    Now that I’m undecided I’m regretting I skipped the previous one.

  5. DavidThi808 says:

    Is there anyone independent who watched? I know how the supporters on both sides will respond – I’m curious what someone not supporting either candidate thought.

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